07.11.11

Beauty Trend Spotting: Do The (French) Twist

Nicole Richie keeps getting better and better (beauty-wise).

Long gone are her ‘scary-skinny-with-straggly-strands’ days; the married mother of two has done a complete 180° and now gorgeously goes from strength to strength strolling down the red carpet—and the sidewalk.

Case in point: At Elle’s 18th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute, Richie rocked a French twist—a look we’ve seen numerous times over the past two runway seasons, namely Peter Som and Jean Paul Gaultier for Fall/Winter 2011, and Badgley Mischka, Roberto Cavalli, and Dolce & Gabbana for Spring/Summer 2012.

One part swanky 60s, two-parts French fabulous, this structured updo lends an air of elegance to any look. We haven’t worn this hairstyle since junior prom, but seeing as how a refined resurgence on the horizon, we just might be persuaded to take a trip down our own personal mane memory lane.

Here’s How to Recreate The Sophisticated Style:
-Flip damp hair over your face and rough dry (sans brush) for added volume and texture;
-Flip it back and finger comb your strands over towards your right shoulder;
-Starting at the nape of your neck, loosely twist hair up towards your crown, securing every few inches with a bobby pin, which should be inserted diagonally;
-For a more refined look, flips the ends under and secure with a pin. For a funkier finish, leave your ends loose—they’ll look cool whether they’re straight and spiky or curly and carefree;
-To finish, pull a few pieces loose around your hairline to relax the look, or if you have fringe, brush your bangs over to the side. Mist with hairspray to set the ladylike look. —India-Jewel Jackson

03.11.11

Look We Love: Pretty As a Peach Like Felicity Jones

We don’t know much about Felicity Jones, but all of a sudden she’s everywhere—and we’re into it.

At the Burberry Body launch party in L.A. last week, the British actress turned Hollywood ‘It’ Girl looked pretty as a peach wearing soft 60s-inspired makeup, which happened to be incredibly similar to what makeup artist Wendy Rowe created at the Burberry Prorsum FW/11 show. (If that was on purpose—kudos!)

Dark, flawlessly defined eyes paired with a near-natural looking flush and a super subtle lip make for one mesmerizing, romantic look.

Kayleen McAdams, Jones’s makeup artist, shares her technique step-by-step for us.

-Prep skin with Shu Uemura All Over Glow Primer ($50).
-Apply Cle De Peau Cream Foundation ($120) as your base, and Tarte Creaseless Concealer in Light ($24.50) underneath your eyes.
-Apply Burberry Light Glow Highlighter ($48) along the cheekbones, and contour with Burberry Natural Blush No. 07 ($42).
-Set with Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder.
-On the eyes, use MAC Eye Shadow in Typographic ($15) all over, and Burberry Eyeshadow in Almond ($29) along the creases.
-Line the top and bottom lashes with MAC Eye Pencil in Smolder ($15), and apply four coats of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir Black ($30).
-Keep the lips pretty and neutral with Burberry Lip Definer Shaping Pencil in Nude Beige ($27) and Burberry Lipstick in Cashmere Rose ($30).

Aren’t you loving the matchy-matchy makeup here? Peach lips + peach cheeks = ridiculously pretty.

01.11.11

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lower Lashes Are Gaining Momentum

For the record—we blame Kim Kardashian.

We remember the good ole’ days when mascara used to be reserved for the upper lash line; now it looks as if celebs are bucking beauty tradition and coating their lower lashes as well.

Why, pray tell, one might ask?

“This season is about separated cloggy lashes,” says Pat McGrath, the lash-obsessed makeup artist behind the spiky looks at Valentino, Lanvin, and Gucci FW/11.

The key to nailing the spidery lash look? “Tons and tons and tons of mascara,” adds McGrath.

Lucia Pieroni, the makeup artist responsible for the lash-tastic look at Alberta Ferretti FW/11 recommends ‘heavily applying mascara on the upper and lower lashes, using the wand to round out the eye for a Bambi effect.’

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury followed suit at the Chloe FW/11 show, where she confirmed Pieroni’s technique with this bit of advice: “Use your brush to pull out even the corner lashes—top and bottom—to ensure you coat every single hair.”

If mascara isn’t dramatic enough for you, take it one step further: Intensify your lower lashes with a set of falsies created especially for the lower lash line. Ardell’s Lower False Eyelashes ($4.89 at Amazon.com) are industry standard.

Question: Have you been applying mascara to your bottom lashes as well? Or will you start? —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Fame Pictures

28.10.11

Beauty Trend Spotting: Lacquered Locks

Between the messy side braid, the disheveled top knot, and tousled bedhead tresses, it’s truly hard to fathom why women still have bad hair days, and have yet to master the done-undone look.

Another chic and easy hairstyle to fallback on? The shiny slick back.

Seen all over the Fall 2011 runways (Ralph Lauren, Giambattista Valli, Mary Katrantzou, Salvatore Ferragamo, The Row), stars like Camilla Belle and Keira Knightley are starting to shellac their strands to their scalps as well. Such a laissez-faire, yet entirely appropriate red carpet look.

Get The Look in Three Swift Steps:
-Starting with damp hair, insert a deep side part and brush hair back into a low position.
-Maintain your wet look for the entire day by liberally coating strands with Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Sculpting Gel (available at Redken salons for $13).
-Tautly secure at the nape of your neck.

Finish your pared-down but perfect look with bold earrings, a bit of lipstick and blush, topped off with a few coats of mascara.

Total prep time—five minutes flat. —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Style.com & Getty

28.10.11

Beauty Trend Spotting: And We’re Rolling…


Very rarely do we retrogress back to the ’40s to derive beauty inspiration, but if ever there was a wartime look to repeat, rockabilly victory rolls absolutely gets our vote.

Made famous by voluptuous sex kittens of yesteryear, it’s no wonder modern-day pinup Katy Perry is at the forefront of this revival—also seen on the Fall 2011 Miu Miu catwalk.

Thing is, there’s good news and bad news about this one. The bad news? This architectural-esque look is anything but DIY for beginners, though the brave can follow this excellent step-by-step tutorial. The good news? As Madonna and Diane Kruger prove, it is simple to simulate.

While the ‘material girl’ leaves hair loose on both sides for a breezy bohemian style, and the German actress’s locks are neatly brushed for a more polished look, both versions are quick and easy to recreate—and a great way to reinvent curls that are a few days old.

Starting with soft messy waves, insert a short off-center part using your forefinger. With both hands, roll a large section of hair away from your face, securing mid-crown with a few small hair pins (we love Conair Styling Essentials Mini Pins, $6.99 at Amazon.com).

For a bit of volume in the front (like Madonna’s look), gently insert your fingertips into the roll and loosen and lift strands by wiggling your digits. For a cleaner look, à la Diane, brush the hair above both ears back and pin alongside the roll. —India-Jewel Jackson

Credit: Bauer Griffin & Getty